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  • image SM Adam volume 52/89

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SM Adam volume 52/89


[2] Design for a ceiling for the staircase, c1779, as executed


Plan of a rectangular ceiling divided into compartments, The central compartment is ornamented with roundels containing rosettes, set within lozenges, and all enclosed within circular and oval borders of husks. This is flanked by narrow compartments ornamented with a band of contiguous lozenges enclosing rosettes. Beyond this there are further compartments containing urns set within roundels, enclosed within oval-shaped bands of husks. Each of the compartments are bordered by further bands of husks


to a scale


Cieling for the Staircase at Sir Abraham Hume’s in Hill Street / D / C / A / B / C / E

Signed and dated

  • c1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and sepia wash on laid paper (287 x 134)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1917, p. 2
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 304
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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